How Do You Celebrate Hanukkah?

Hanukkah can be celebrated by lighting the Menorah, eating fried food, spinning the dreidel, singing songs and giving away symbolic gold coins. Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of the Maccabees, during which a single lantern of oil lasted eight days when it should have only lasted one.

Hanukkah is traditionally celebrated by lighting the Menorah, a candelabra that holds eight candles. Each candle symbolizes one day in which the lantern burned. Participants light one candle the first day, two on the second, and so on until the eighth day, on which all eight candles are lit.

The lighting of the Menorah is accompanied by the singing of traditional Jewish carols. One of these songs involves the dreidel, which is a spinning top. The dreidel has four sides etched with Hebrew characters, and teaches children about the Torah. Jews also gamble on the dreidel by placing wagers on what side faces up when it finally stops spinning.

Another way to celebrate Hanukkah is to pass out gelt, or gold coins, to children. Although these gold coins are often pieces of chocolate in gold wrapping or money, they were once actual coins given to children to either give to their teachers or donate to charity.

Eating fried food is another way to celebrate Hanukkah, as frying foods is symbolic of the oil in the lamp. The traditional foods eating during this holiday include sufganyot, a type of jelly doughnut, and latkes, which are potato cakes.